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Lenscratch | The States Project: Indiana – Jacinda Russell

©Jacinda Russell, A Chair Recognized 18 Years Later, Boise State University 2014

Lenscratch is featuring photographers from Indiana in their States project this week – and Indiana photographer Jacinda Russell has started out with a couple of photographers known to Wobneb Magazine. Amelia Morris did an interview and was featured in a Wobneb Magazine, and F-Stop Magazine earlier this year. Mark Sawrie is a common link between us as a professor and mentor. It is nice to see the state so well represented.

Check out Jacinda’s posts to find out about more photographers in/from Indiana.

Landscape Photos Capture the Past and the Imaginary

This article by David Schonauer on Vantage highlights landscape photography of the past and present that ultimately helps us understand places unlike any other medium.

Out There Landscape Photos Capture the Past and the Imaginary

Hetch Hetchy Valley. Photo by Matt Ashby Wolfskill (courtesy of Library of Congress)

(Intro to article) Some photographs preserve what is gone. Some capture places that were never there. Both are landscapes worth visiting. Over the past few weeks, there have emerged many stories and projects that deal with landscapes and the people who dwell in them.

We’ve learnt about places from the past that have disappeared — the Hetch Hetchy Valley of California’s Sierra Nevada, the twin of Yosemite that was dammed in 1923 to create a reservoir that holds 85% of the water used by San Francisco.

Elsewhere, we’ve seen documentary work on countries that are unrecognized by other states, such as ghostly Abkhazia, once a holiday spot for the Soviet elite, and the country of Transnistria, which may or may not be part of Moldavia, depending on your viewpoint.

Then there are landscapes that were created for a future that never arrived.

There are some places that only photography can take us. Read on

David Schonauer is editor of Pro Photo Daily. Follow him on Twitter. Jeffrey Roberts is publisher of Pro Photo Daily and AI-AP. Follow Jeffrey on Twitter. Follow Pro Photo Daily on Facebook.


I’ve been lucky, in the sense that I’ve never had to think about what to photograph. I’ve always known what to photograph- at least for me. I’ve never had to plan. Even when I’ve gotten grants, it’s always been for something I’m working on. I never dream up something to do and then try to do it- I’ve never done that. I just never have to think about it, what to do with myself in that sense. All I really do is keep my eyes open. I learned a long time ago: I trust my instincts. I don’t ask myself “is that interesting?” If it is, I shoot; if it isn’t, I’m not interested.

Garry Winogrand
From: An Interview with Garry Winogrand Afterimage/Dec. 1977

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a visual journey through history. curatorial project by Renata Cherlise

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Twins, by Toni Parks (1988) As the daughter of legendary photographer Gordon Parks, Toni Parks grew up in a household where artists and literary giants were regular visitors. Her two brothers, Gordon Parks, Jr. and David Parks, became photographers earlier in life while Toni started her photographic career in her forties. She counts her father as a major influence, as well as her background as a trained composer and musician. During her most prolific years of the 1980s and 90s, Parks took her first assignments covering a theater production on Martin Luther King, Jr., documenting dancers and singers at New York City’s Lincoln Center, and exploring the streets of New York City with her camera in hand. Statues in Central Park, Harlem parade scenes, and everyday depictions of individual or group subjects comprise Parks’ early body of work, often created with the compositional advice of her father in mind.

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